Officially opened on 19 January 1957 by Victorian Governor, Sir Dallas Brooks, GTV9 became known as Television City. This was due to the shape of the old factory, which enabled the station to be set out horizontally, similar to the Hollywood studios of the 1920s.
The site housed the biggest scenery workshop in the southern hemisphere, a recording studio, a radio station (3AK), a concert band, a junior ballet, a full-time chorus, an orchestra, rehearsal pianists and music arrangers. At one stage, In Melbourne Tonight, a program that ran for over 14 years, had 300 people on staff.
Many of Australia’s favourite programs have been produced right here. Shows like Division Four, New Faces, The Sullivans, The Paul Hogan Show, The Young Doctors, Hey Hey It’s Saturday and Sale of the Century.